I had my second surgery on Thursday, November 21, 2013 to remove uterine fibroids. It was a laparotomy myomectomy with a ureteral stint placement. The surgery went fine, but took a little longer than planned because the fibroid was a lot bigger than expected. Even with the uterine fibroid embolization procedure I had done last year, it was still really big! Because of the size of it, and because Dr. Gentry had already made a 4 inch incision in my uterus and didn't want to make it any bigger, he had to go in blindly and cut the fibroid up into smaller pieces to get it out.
Last time I had asked Dr. G. to take a picture of it and he forgot. I requested it again this time and he remembered. Thanks Dr. G.
I don't remember any of the surgery, probably because of the good stuff they injected into my back right before I woke up! #lovemyanthesiologist
While we were in the hospital, my incision had alot of drainage to it. I remember going to the bathroom in the middle of the night and looking down and there was blood all over the floor. I was completely freaked out and yelled for Shawn to get the nurse. Dr. G. assured me it was normal and the nurses helped take care of it and changing the dressing and steri-strips. Also when the original dressing was removed from my incision, it left 3 HUGE blisters on my stomach, so they were helping to treat those as well.
My recovery and stay in the hospital was as good as could be expected being in the hospital. All of my nurses and techs were amazing!! Shout out to Heather I., Brandi R., Julie S., Lorna B., Brenda L, Megan, Jo Beth B., Linda C., and good ol' Trazette C. I remembered Trazette from my procedure last year at St. Mary's. When she says something, you do it! #lovemesomeTrazette
In fact, they were such amazing caregivers to me and to Shawn, and because almost all of them was jealous of my snuggly blanket I had on my bed, I ordered each one of them a big snuggly blanket from Kohl's the other day. They are all sitting in the living still waiting on me to be able to drive so I can deliver them to the girls.
I had a hard time getting comfortable to sleep, and didn't get much sleep while in the hospital. I'm still having a hard time sleeping at home. I know over time, it will get easier, but come on already, this ol girl is tired!
No one came to visit us Thursday evening after the surgery, which I was actually glad. I felt horrible and was so nauseated and throwing up. We had quite a few visitors on Friday evening: Mom, Shawn, Uncle Dave (thanks for the yummy soup), my friend Misty, Tina and David, Heather and Kristi (thanks for the yummy cookies and Thanksgiving meal), Angie, Alex and Allesha (thanks for the yummy cupcakes), Brother and Sister Heard (she actually checked on me each day we were there since she works at the hospital), and Phil, Susan and Kylie. Shawn and I appreciated the company!
I also know that there were many, many, many people praying and thinking about us and we appreciate and love each of you very much! Thanks to my momma for staying at our house with our animals while we were at the hospital and then helping to take care of my over Thanksgiving weekend so Shawn could go home and be with his parents. Thanks to my amazing husband for your nonstop care and love! He spent 3 nights and 4 days sleeping in the most uncomfortable chair and fold out bed so that I wouldn't have to call the nurse each time I needed something. I'm pretty needy when I don't feel good and can't hardly get out of bed.
The picture below is of my fibroid. That is one fibroid that Dr. Gentry had to go in blindly and cut up to be able to remove through the incision in my uterus. He said it was about 8 inches in diameter.
Finally, food! HAHA!! My last real meal was Tuesday night. Wednesday I had to do a bowel prep so all I could have was some clear liquids. Thursday I couldn't have anything before the surgery, and after the surgery I was extremely ill! So Friday morning for breakfast I had a grilled cheese and potato soup. That was the yummiest meal!
Relaxing and waiting on the Dr. Gentry to release me. #readytoblowthejoint
Love the beautiful colored roses and get well balloon my Shawnie got me!
Get well flowers from my work
So now I'm at home relaxing and trying to take it easy and recover. I've had good days and bad days at home. I'm home for another two to four weeks depending on when Dr. Gentry is going to release me.